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Human Resources Workshop 4:00 pm
Human Resources Workshop @ Southbrook Vineyards
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Innovate Niagara for a human resources seminar in partnership with Brock University. HR topics to be covered: Onboarding staff Vetting new hires Scaling teams Developing and maintaining company culture Appetizers and light refreshments will be provided. This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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MS and Medical Cannabis: A Treatment Approach 2:00 pm
MS and Medical Cannabis: A Treatment Approach @ Online
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Management of MS symptoms can involve a wide array of medications, many of which may come with undesirable side effects. This speaks to the ever growing number of individuals living with MS, who are now turning to cannabis as a treatment plan option. Drawing on their years of experience in patient education, Barb Vermeulen and Johnathan Werynski take you through the basics of medical cannabis, as well as an in depth look at available products, usage, administration methods, and access to safe medication. Emphasis will be made on the use of cannabis treatment specific to the management of MS symptoms. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
Data Cafe and Talks: Network, Learn and Brainstorm 5:30 pm
Data Cafe and Talks: Network, Learn and Brainstorm @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Presentations include: 4 Strategies to Detect Dirty Data 5 Mistakes to Avoid During Data Integration Projects Speaker: Maira Bay de Souza has 20 years of experience in the software industry, progressing from junior developer to leadership and consulting roles at Fortune 20 companies such as GM, HP and IBM. For the last 6 years she has helped clients design and develop high quality Data Management solutions. There will be time for questions and debate about the presentations, as well as other topics of interest by attendees. If you are: a working professional, passionate about helping others organise and make sense of their Data a student – or just a curious person – interested in learning more about Data Science or Data Management an educator interested in expanding the skillset of Niagara’s population in this growing field Or if you wonder or would like to discuss with others questions like: As the amount of Data we produce keeps growing exponentially, what does the future hold? How will privacy, security, AI, blockchain impact the future of Data? How can we increase cross-border cooperation (Canada-US and globally) through open data, government, non-profit or business partnerships? Do you have any innovative ideas for a business or project? Come join this group to network, learn and chat about all things Data! We welcome our neighbours from Western New York/Buffalo-Niagara as well! This event is hosted by the Data Professionals of Niagara.
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Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation 2:00 pm
Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation @ Online
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Personal cultivation as described by the proposed Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household. This provision is intended to both promote equity by facilitating access to legal cannabis, particularly when retail outlets are difficult to access, and to undercut the black market. However, indoor cultivation and processing of cannabis may also introduce or exacerbate certain environmental health risks in the home. This session will focus on five key environmental health risks anticipated from growing at home: access and accidental poisoning indoor air quality inappropriate use of pesticides electrical and fire hazards radiation hazards After exploring each of the risks, participants will also learn about policy and practice considerations relevant to each risk, interventions that have been implemented in other legalized jurisdictions, and key risk messages concerning each hazard (with a focus on indoor air quality). Improved knowledge about the environmental health risks associated with personal cannabis cultivation will help public health professionals navigate changing guidelines, create consistent messaging approaches across jurisdictions, and facilitate collaboration to create proactive solutions to these emerging environmental health concerns. This webinar is hosted by the British Columbia Lung Association.
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Nonprofit Driven 2018
Nonprofit Driven 2018 @ Metro Toronto Conference Centre, South Building
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day
Are you ready for some thought-provoking conversations about advancing policy efforts for Ontario’s nonprofits? Together, we’ll tap into the trends and issues, and explore opportunities and strategies to build toward a stronger sector. What you can expect: Engage with top-notch speakers and sessions on approaches to strengthen nonprofit work – from the tactical to the visionary. Join strategic dialogues on key policy areas and sector trends and issues. Create new connections with leaders like you. This event is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
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Community Forum on Human Trafficking in Niagara 8:00 am
Community Forum on Human Trafficking in Niagara @ Silver Spire United Church
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
This free, day-long forum’s purpose is to raise public awareness and educate community members about the issue of human trafficking and its footprint in Niagara. The Keynote Speaker is The Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP Niagara Falls, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and current Justice Critic. Come to hear the journeys of local survivors, see a screening of the animated short, “I am Little Red,” by 50 Eggs Films, hear a presentation on the Niagara Region Human Trafficking Emergency Response Protocol, a law enforcement panel discussion, and a presentation on financial industry tracking progress from Project PROTECT. Break-out sessions available: For parents-What You Need to Know – Candace Morley, YMCA HBB Youth-Exploring HT through Drama – John Sweeney, Silver Spire Support for Victims: What We Can Do – Danielle Lewis, Victim Services Niagara Hospitality Sector – Tania Ferlin, Meeting Professionals Against HT RCMP Labour trafficking case study – Lepa Jankovic Intro to Neurobiology of Trauma – Lori Gill, ATTCH Partial Presenters List: Skylar Burbidge & Leona Skye – Survivors; Barb Gosse – CEO, Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking; Niagara Regional Police; Krystal Snider, YWCA Niagara; OPP; Toronto Police Service Register online or by phone (see registration link and phone number above). Advance registration is required for dietary restrictions on lunch and breakout session choice. This forum is hosted by Project PROTECT & Silver Spire United Church.
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West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Oct 16 @ 9:30 am
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. Presentation: Karen Fraser, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.
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Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies 4:00 pm
Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This intensive 3-hour interactive educational session will focus on assessment, practical brief interventions and strategies that can be incorporated into working with patients who use substances. This session can be attended in-person or remotely. Presenter: Megan Hemlow, Project Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network. This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.
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The Value of Volunteering 1:00 pm
The Value of Volunteering @ Online
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
When placing a value on volunteering, it has become common place to use a wage replacement formula, multiplying the number of volunteer hours by an hourly wage (using minimum wage or industry pay rate scales) and to come up with a dollar value for the volunteer time. Others have tried to calculate the fair market value for the service provided (a tutoring session, a meal delivered, a strategic planning session facilitated). While talking about the thousands, millions, or billions of dollars worth of time or service given captures peoples’ attention, it still falls short of capturing the full story. This webinar will provide an overview of the models and tools available to measure impact, provide highlights from the Conference Board of Canada’s recent discussion paper, The Value of Volunteering, and introduce participants to the Value of Volunteering Wheel, launched during National Volunteer Week 2018. At this webinar we will: Explore different types of value generated from volunteering Describe challenges in calculating the value and impact of volunteering Identify models and tools available to help measure the impact of volunteering This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
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Reaching In, Reaching Out: Promoting Resilience in Adults and Young Children 1:00 pm
Reaching In, Reaching Out: Promoting Resilience in Adults and Young Children @ ECCDC
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please Note: This training is provided over 4 dates (3 hrs workshops). Friday October 12, 19 and Friday November 2, 9 2018 The cost for this workshop is $80.00 which includes all sessions, light refreshments and all training materials. RIRO Resiliency Skills Training is an evidence-based, two-part program for service providers who work with children from birth to eight years. Part 1: Introduces adults to key resiliency research and skills that enhance self-regulation skills and promote a “resilient” perspective and flexible approach to handling conflict, problems and everyday challenges. Part 2: Helps adults apply the resiliency skills directly with children by: increasing their understanding of children’s thinking and behaviour supporting children’s development of seven critical abilities associated with resilience introducing child-friendly approaches using children’s literature, puppets and resilience-building activities. This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).
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Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care: How Discrimination Affects Our Mental Health 11:00 am
Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care: How Discrimination Affects Our Mental Health @ Brock University - South Block 203
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presented by: Uppala Chandrasekera, Director of Public Policy, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario Those of us who work in health care often believe that because we are part of a helping profession, we are immune to discrimination. Yet discrimination persists – it impacts service users, service providers, organizations and the entire health care system. This lecture will explore the causes and impacts of discrimination on mental health and identify opportunities and resources for addressing discrimination at an individual, organizational and systems level. This event is free and open to the Brock Community. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. The Yosif Al-Hasnawi Memorial Lecture Series: Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care is named in memory of a first-year Medical Sciences student who died in the service of another in 2017. Yosif had dreams of becoming a doctor and hoped to one day make a difference in the world. This event is hosted by Brock University.
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System Mapping Webinar 11:00 am
System Mapping Webinar @ Online
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
System mapping is an essential step in rolling out a system planning approach to preventing and ending homelessness. System mapping involves a series of activities that achieve a comprehensive view of a community’s resources connected to homelessness. Specifically, system mapping includes: An up-to-date resource directory for all services available to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in a community. Mapping of the locations of the various community resources to discern location patterns. Categorization of all programs by target population, eligibility criteria, geographical scope, service model and focus. Real-time occupancy report to show what spaces are available in services. Clear eligibility criteria, access/referral process for those looking for help. Feedback loop from clients/users of services to each of the resources. Performance indicators to track community demand and feedback on services. This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive view of system mapping and present some on-the-ground initiatives from Lethbridge, AB and St. John’s, NWD. Lethbridge’s approach has mobilized diverse funders and service providers to create a real-time system map that connects the dots for people in need, as well as policy makers and funders. St. John’s has focused on understanding the needs and of the housing and homeless sector with a comprehensive research approach to system mapping that is unearthing significant insights into the workings of the system of care. Presenters: Dr. Alina Turner – Principal, Turner Strategies Marty Thomsen – Manager, Community Social Development, City of Lethbridge Jennifer Tipple, Performance Management Planner, End Homelessness St. John’s, NWD David French...
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Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults 9:00 am
Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness. This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability. If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold. Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00 Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00 Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.
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Niagara Leadership Summit for Women 9:00 am
Niagara Leadership Summit for Women @ Brock University
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am
The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is put on by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University. Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’—there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day. This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders. This event is hosted by YWCA Niagara Region.
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Enterprise Cyber Security (Basics) Certificate
Enterprise Cyber Security (Basics) Certificate @ Online
Oct 29 all-day
Cybercrime and data thefts are on the rise. Make sure you or your company/IT team has the latest up-to-date training, to detect cyber threats, and eliminate attempts at stealing your client’s data. Just outside of the cybersecurity hub Washington D.C., Stratford University has offered degree programs since 1976. Their highly qualified professors have trained many professionals from high end security firms including the C.I.A. and F.B.I. They have created custom content for these certificates. These training certificates include 30 hours of online, instructor led training over 15 days, with zero company time off required. These certificates are offered by Spark Technical Academy.
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Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara 8:30 am
Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara @ Niagara Safety Village
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara provides opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing. EDUCATION TOPIC: Not For Profit Governance Trends PRESENTER: Colleen Fleming BA, MBA, C.Dir, HRCC, Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd. This session will explore the current not for profit governance trends that every executive director needs to know. Colleen will present detailed information regarding “Governance – the Basics”, “Making It Work” and will allow for ample discussion and a Q&A period. You will leave with an improved understanding of governance, the role it should play within your organization and how to minimize governance hindrances. Colleen’s passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact through better governance. She has senior executive experience in two sectors. Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord. Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
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System Mapping Webinar @ Online
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

System mapping is an essential step in rolling out a system planning approach to preventing and ending homelessness. System mapping involves a series of activities that achieve a comprehensive view of a community’s resources connected to homelessness.

Specifically, system mapping includes:

  • An up-to-date resource directory for all services available to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in a community.
  • Mapping of the locations of the various community resources to discern location patterns.
  • Categorization of all programs by target population, eligibility criteria, geographical scope, service model and focus.
  • Real-time occupancy report to show what spaces are available in services.
  • Clear eligibility criteria, access/referral process for those looking for help.
  • Feedback loop from clients/users of services to each of the resources.
  • Performance indicators to track community demand and feedback on services.

This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive view of system mapping and present some on-the-ground initiatives from Lethbridge, AB and St. John’s, NWD.

Lethbridge’s approach has mobilized diverse funders and service providers to create a real-time system map that connects the dots for people in need, as well as policy makers and funders.

St. John’s has focused on understanding the needs and of the housing and homeless sector with a comprehensive research approach to system mapping that is unearthing significant insights into the workings of the system of care.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Alina Turner – Principal, Turner Strategies
  • Marty Thomsen – Manager, Community Social Development, City of Lethbridge
  • Jennifer Tipple, Performance Management Planner, End Homelessness St. John’s, NWD
  • David French – Director of Policy and Planning, A Way Home Canada

This webinar is hosted by the Systems Planning Collective.

Oct
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Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15.

Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness.

This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability.

If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold.

  • Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00
  • Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00
  • Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30

These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.

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Niagara Leadership Summit for Women @ Brock University
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am

The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is put on by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University.

Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’—there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day.

This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders.

This event is hosted by YWCA Niagara Region.

Oct
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Enterprise Cyber Security (Basics) Certificate @ Online
Oct 29 all-day

Cybercrime and data thefts are on the rise. Make sure you or your company/IT team has the latest up-to-date training, to detect cyber threats, and eliminate attempts at stealing your client’s data.

Just outside of the cybersecurity hub Washington D.C., Stratford University has offered degree programs since 1976. Their highly qualified professors have trained many professionals from high end security firms including the C.I.A. and F.B.I. They have created custom content for these certificates.

These training certificates include 30 hours of online, instructor led training over 15 days, with zero company time off required.

These certificates are offered by Spark Technical Academy.

Oct
30
Tue
Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara @ Niagara Safety Village
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara provides opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing.

EDUCATION TOPIC: Not For Profit Governance Trends

PRESENTER: Colleen Fleming BA, MBA, C.Dir, HRCC, Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd.

This session will explore the current not for profit governance trends that every executive director needs to know. Colleen will present detailed information regarding “Governance – the Basics”, “Making It Work” and will allow for ample discussion and a Q&A period. You will leave with an improved understanding of governance, the role it should play within your organization and how to minimize governance hindrances.

Colleen’s passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact through better governance. She has senior executive experience in two sectors. Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord. Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.

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Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Nov 2 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Diversification for Prosperity

The Niagara Economic Summit brings us together to celebrate shared successes, strategize the way forward for our regional economy, and increase collaboration. Participants from academy, senior ranks of government, economists, organizational leaders and business owners explore the importance and opportunities presented by diversification.

Topics:

A Blueprint to Attract New Industries
A series of initiatives offered by experts to enhance our economy, leveraging partnerships and specialized resources. This bottom-up effort turns regional feedback on local economic needs into a catalyst for economic growth.

1+1=3: Together, We Are More
Exploring the synergies between private, public and non-profit organizations and their opportunity to be a force for the good of all.

Tomorrow’s Reality – Trends to Watch For
Analyzing contemporary global demographic and economic trends and considering their implications for Niagara, most importantly their effects on our competitiveness in the global market.

This summit is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend @ Brock University
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm

Form a team… build an idea… and develop your entrepreneurship skills… all in one weekend!

Based on the famous “Start-Up Weekend”, from Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4, 2018, Brock University BioLinc and Niagara College ncTakeOff are hosting the Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend. This event provides superior experiential education for entrepreneurial youth. Participants will create working startups, collaborate with like-minded individuals, and make new friends.

On Friday night and Saturday, teams will form and learn from industry leaders. Between Saturday and Sunday, teams will develop demos and pitch presentations, and receive feedback from local entrepreneurs along the way. If you’re looking for a co-founder, to apply your business skills, test an idea or take steps towards launching your own start-up – Kick-Off Weekend is the perfect environment! On Sunday, teams will pitch their start-ups and our panel of judges will select a winner to receive the “Kick-Off Weekend Prize Package” (stay tuned for details of the prize!). A detailed agenda will be emailed to all registered participants before the event.

Participants must be between the ages of 18-29 years old to participate in this event.

Cost: $15 (includes materials, meals & brain fuel.) If cost is a barrier to your participation, we can work out a sponsorship plan.

This event is hosted by Niagara College ncTakeOff, Brock University BioLinc, and Brock Innovation Group.

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